76ers expect Ben Simmons to play this season

Ben Simmons unlikely to play at all this season?

Ben Simmons unlikely to play at all this season?

Philadelphia 76ers forward, Ben Simmons' return date has again been pushed back after his projected January return was abandoned.

Australian playmaker Ben Simmons, the top pick in last year's NBA Draft, will have his broken right foot examined next Thursday in NY to see when he might finally be able to make his NBA debut.

Simmons suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on September 30, the final day of training camp.

Citing a source, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported "a foot scan on January 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed". But the source noted that the slow recovery of the foot injury is not because of any aggravation from the on-court drills that Simmons has done. Although Pompey has confirmed that the team has kept Simmons out of scrimmages to reduce the risk of a repeat injury. "Ben's long-term health remains our primary concern", Colangelo added.

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Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick the last draft.

"We do expect him to play this year", Brown said. "It is our expectation that he will get on a court".

The Sixers return from the All-Star break on February 24 against the Washington Wizards, but it is appearing less and less likely that Simmons will be able to ramp up his practice regimen prior to that contest. It's moving slowly. It's calculated.

Head coach Brett Brown has said the rookie point guard will need a minimum of five full practices, either with the Sixers or some of their minor-league players or coaching staff, before being permitted to play in an National Basketball Association game. "We're trying to be very careful".